The New York Mets are at the top of the National League East division with a 7-6 record. However, there is no denying the fact that what the team showed on Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs was embarrassing.
In a span of two inning, Metsâ€™ players committed at least four defensive miscues that helped turn the game in the Cubsâ€™ favor, and they ended up winning 16-4. JD Davis was once again shaky by failing to corral the baseball in a play at third base, but Michael Confortoâ€™s errant throw from the outfield, Francisco Lindor bobbling a ball and also making a bad throw, and Jeff McNeilâ€™s hesitation also made mistakes.
In total, the Mets made four errors, and it could have been more if a play or two were scored differently at Wrigley Field.
â€œWeâ€™re all human,â€ Davis said earlier this week, per MLB.com. â€œEven Gold Glovers sometimes donâ€™t go errorless throughout the season.â€
Mets’ Davis has been raking, but is clearly not comfortable at third
Davis in particular has been among the most criticized players in the Metsâ€™ roster for his defense. He is, however, having a very good season at the plate, with a .412 batting average, a homer and a 1.147 OPS in the early going.
â€œItâ€™s not good that weâ€™re losing games — letâ€™s not get that mixed up — but itâ€™s great that itâ€™s happening now because weâ€™re continuing to learn, weâ€™re continuing to know each other,â€ said Lindor. â€œIâ€™d much rather this happen now, or in Spring Training, than it happen late in September when weâ€™re fighting for a playoff spot, or when weâ€™re in the playoffs — God willing. So we learn from it, and we move on.â€
â€œEverybody knows what happened out there,â€ Metsâ€™ manager Luis Rojas said. â€œReally bad inning, led to other bad innings as well.â€
Despite Davisâ€™ ongoing defensive issues, Rojas said he is still the Metsâ€™ starting third baseman. He assured the press that he â€œis going to be back there at third, and heâ€™s going to be making plays for us.â€